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NYC Employment Law — Pre-tax Transit Benefits
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
As employers, sometimes it is difficult to keep with the employment law changes, which is why you should consult periodically with an employment defense lawyer and stay apprised of new laws. At the...
Wage and Hour Regulation Pitfalls
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
Business owners can get themselves into trouble when not understanding wage and hours laws. What appears to be a bright idea that cuts corners and saves money is sometimes a violation that leads to...
In life, the glass is always half full! Exclusive interview with cartoonist Maria Scrivan
Dec 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena   | 19 November 2014   Maria Scrivan’s cartoons are published in MAD Magazine, Parade Magazine, Prospect Magazine (UK), on Mashable.com, Salon.com. Funny Times a...
Zeffirelli's La Boheme at the Metropolitan Opera: a review
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 98 98 recommendations | email to a friend
  Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena 3 December 2014 |     Zeffirelli’s production of La Boheme at the metropolitan Opera shines. A sample of the stage set up as performed in a preceding season. L...
Are You Staying on Top of Regulations that Affect Your Restaurant?
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
A recent change in regulations predicted to arrive soon is that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will release a national menu labeling standard for chain restaurants. The standard will addres...
The World Seen Through a Dog’s Point of View. An Exclusive Interview with Paul Gilligan, author of Pooch Café
Dec 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 92 92 recommendations | email to a friend
  Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena 10 October 2014 |   Paul Gilligan with Poncho, the main character of Pooch Cafe According to his website, www.poochcafe.com, Paul Gilligan’s affair with art be...
What about Wellness Programs as Part of Health Coverage?
Nov 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 136 136 recommendations | email to a friend
Today many companies offering health insurance also provide wellness programs, which are a preventative medicine approach to health. Today, 94 percent of employers with more than 400 employees and ...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: NOV 2014 (Month's Supply: 6.3 Months)
Nov 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 212 212 recommendations | email to a friend
Oct 2014 Queens NY Market Update  Queens home sales are down for the third month in a row from August – October. Home sales are also remaining significantly below last year’s levels, according to t...
Forest Hills Food Crawl
Nov 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 230 230 recommendations | email to a friend
The Chamber and All The Tastes of New York would love to invite you to our first Forest Hills Food Crawl, a culinary journey through Forest Hills happening this Wednesday, November 12th ! A Food Cr...
What Is the Professional Exception to Employment At-Will Termination?
Nov 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 276 276 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans As described in our earlier blog article, there are exceptions to at-will employment terminations, making them unlawful, and termination based on discrimination is one of th...

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Budget solution
Dear Editor: Here is one way to end gridlock in Washington: why not return to the time when Congress held budget hearings for each department during the summer. A real balanced budget was adopted d...
Mar 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 91 91 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pols' stance off on Martin Van Buren
Dear Editor: In the last week, a number of elected officials have lamented the Department of Education's decision not to withdraw the co-location plans at Martin Van Buren High School. Unfortunatel...
Mar 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 111 111 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hypocrites
Dear Editor: Dispatcher Ed Konecnik seems to embrace the sociopathic philosophy of Ayn Rand and her disciple Paul Ryan, i.e., one is only responsible for oneself. These detesters of welfare had no ...
Mar 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 87 87 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pro-charter
Dear Editor: I am a retired educator with 38 years of experience in the New York City Public School System. I write the following in support of charter schools and in opposition to Mayor Bill de Bl...
Mar 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 90 90 recommendations | email to a friend
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Quitting time
Dear Editor: That was a very informing letter from the president of the American Lung Association (2/27/14). Back when I used to smoke, I told myself that if the butts ever went to a buck a pack, I...
Mar 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 109 109 recommendations | email to a friend
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Trickle or tinkle?
Dear Editor: If Mr. Ed Konecnik is not careful, he will dislocate his shoulder due to his non-stop personal back slapping. Somehow his description of what to him is “freedom” is more akin to “greed...
Mar 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 99 99 recommendations | email to a friend
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Subway Wi-Fi a danger
Dear Editor: The MTA announced plans to extend Wi-Fi service to more subway stations, including 29 in Queens. Not so fast. A young woman was nearly killed when she fell onto subway tracks while tex...
Mar 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 103 103 recommendations | email to a friend
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Safer 21st Street
Dear Editor: It is heartening to see the growing media attention to traffic-calming efforts in Queens in the wake of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement of the Vision Zero initiative to end traffic...
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For love of country
Dear Editor: I am an American Ahmadi Muslim middle school student. I was born in America and will never leave it. I love this country, because this country is my homeland. For me, loving my homelan...
Feb 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 109 109 recommendations | email to a friend
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In response
Dear Editor: This is in response to Mirza Ghulam Haseeb of Jamaica whose letter about Americans’ reactions to his faith appeared in this paper on February 6. Mirza, I realize that at 11 years old y...
Feb 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 106 106 recommendations | email to a friend
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Freedom of choice?
Dear Editor: The government has expanded our freedoms and created a new opportunity. Jay Carney, at a recent press conference, heralded the administrations latest achievement: “Opportunity created ...
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Waiting in the wings
Dear Editor: After hearing Public Advocate Letitia James’ recent illogical advice for Mayor Bill de Blasio to ban uniformed city employees from marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade since it wou...
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Freedom from smoking
Dear Editor; Annually in the U.S., 392,000 people die from smoking-caused disease and an additional 50,000 from secondhand smoke exposure. The American Lung Association is dedicated to helping smok...
Feb 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 115 115 recommendations | email to a friend
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Watch Iran
Dear Editor: The recent news story that the Iranian Navy is moving some of its ships closer to our waters should be cause for concern by our government. Why is Iran doing this? Obviously,there is a...
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Not government’s job to help poor
Dear Editor: Many people think that the federal government should help the poor. The federal government is supposed to be limited by what it can do by the U.S. Constitution. Because it has overstep...
Feb 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 117 117 recommendations | email to a friend
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national news
By Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Potential Republican 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Wednesday criticized the White House's move to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba, calling the shift a "dramatic overreach" of President Barack Obama's executive authority. "Cuba is a dictatorship with a disastrous human rights record, and now President Obama has rewarded those dictators," Bush, the former governor of Florida, a key state with a large Cuban-American population, said in a statement. ...
2014-12-17 16:39:05 -0500

This undated photo provided by the Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney in Norristown, Pa., shows Bradley William Stone, 35, of Pennsburg, Pa., a suspect in six shooting deaths in Montgomery County on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said all of the victims have a "familial relationship" to Stone. (AP Photo/Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A coroner says that a Pennsylvania man who killed his ex-wife and five of her relatives didn't stab himself, as was initially reported.


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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Grand jurors called actions of police "heroic" and cleared five officers of all wrongdoing in killing a gunman who shot at students at a Florida State University library.
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